Together with our partner forces, we support and encourage officers to think differently, adapt to challenging environments and create new ideas that lead to improved outcomes for communities and policing.
Using a combination of innovative learning techniques and supportive approaches, participants develop the skills needed to constructively challenge existing cultures, protocols and processes in policing.
Our latest data shows that this approach to training translates into high levels of self-assessed knowledge and confidence to perform the officer role among our participants.
A continuous focus on improving our application of these learning techniques allows us to equip Police Now participants with the operational knowledge and confidence they need to generate change in their communities and forces. Our officers enter their force with a strong belief that they have the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to perform their role effectively1
Police Now recruits and develops diverse individuals with strong communication and problem-solving skills and high levels of emotional intelligence.
Independent research suggests that those entering the police service through Police Now score higher than a comparable group of professionals on several key dimensions of emotional intelligence, including conscientiousness, empathy, and emotional control. These are essential skills for effective leadership, managing wellbeing in complex environments, translating new ideas into action and helping policing meet current and future challenges.
Feedback from participants’ line managers and colleagues shows that Police Now participants are strong communicators and problem-solvers, challenging historic ways of working, building positive relationships with others and tackling issues using evidence-based methods.
Police Now participants perform strongly in their university and operational assessments year-on-year, reflecting their commitment to professional and effective police practice.
Participants achieve a higher first-time pass rate on the National Investigators’ Exam than the national average, and consistently achieve merit or distinction on university assignments.
Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice: Distinction, Merit and Pass rates on the first attempt across National Graduate Leadership Programme cohorts (C).
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Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice Distinction, Merit and Pass rates on the first attempt across National Detective Programme cohorts (C).
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The Police Now Frontline Leadership Programme is a one-year developmental programme that prepares the most diverse, committed and capable police officers for promotion into formal leadership roles.
The programme is open for eligible officers from our partner forces who are aiming to progress from constable to sergeant rank.
The programme consists of five in-person taught days, with independent and peer group learning between each taught day designed to consolidate and implement your learning, with support from your dedicated Progression and Development Officer throughout.
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Sunita Gamblin QPM
Former Chair of Police Now’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Equity, diversity and inclusion are woven into the fabric of our programmes through curriculum content, practical training and a unique support offering for every Police Now participant. This is a constant focus of all of our staff who seek to promote representation and inclusivity at every level of policing, our programmes and organisation.
Alongside transforming communities, Police Now participants have a strong belief in the value of equity and diversity in the workplace.
As advocates of cultural change and inclusion within policing, participants are working to increase policing’s ability to tackle racism, misogyny, bias and discrimination wherever it is found.
National Graduate Leadership Programme, Essex Police
Measured via an online survey on the last day of Police Now’s National Detective Programme Academy 2023 (n=164). ‘I have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the role effectively’ and ‘I have the confidence needed to perform the role effectively’. ↩
Syndicate Leads are seconded Sergeants from partner forces who teach, coach and mentor our participants at the academy. ↩
Measured via an online survey on the last day of the Police Now National Detective Academy in 2022 (N=9) ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree that your participants have the knowledge required for their return to force ahead of their in-force training week?’ ↩
Measured via an online survey on the last day of the Police Now National Detective Academy in 2022 (N=144) ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree that the culture at the academy was: Professional; Supportive; Positive; High Performing' ↩
Measured via an online survey completed by participant line managers and colleagues after 9-months on the programme (n=112) ‘Please rate the extent to which you agree with the following statements regarding this officer's leadership skills: This officer engages well with the public and has good relationships with members of the community and This officer constructively challenges historic ways of working and offers innovative solutions’ and ‘Please rate the extent to which you agree with the following statements regarding this officer's evidence-based policing skills: This officer effectively identifies and defines problems in the community and force they serve and This officer utilises the evidence base to develop and implement a response plan to problems they identify’ ↩
College of Policing Limited (2023). NIE June 2023 – Results and Analysis Overview. https://assets.college.police.uk/s3fs-public/2023-06/NIE-June-2023-results-and-analysis-overview.pdf ↩
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